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Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas - Unemployment Rates Remain Higher than National Average in All 14 Illinois Metro Areas

​Contact: Bob Gough  217-685-4454    Bob.Gough@illinois.gov  | PDF V​ersion​ 

CHICAGO–All of Illinois’ metropolitan (metro) areas experienced declines in their over-the-year unemployment rate. Eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs and six reported declines, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

“Overall job growth continues to lag behind the national average,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “We’re adding jobs at a slower pace now than we were at the beginning of 2016.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, in which the largest increases were seen in: Rockford (+1.8 percent, +2,700), Kankakee (+1.5 percent, +700), and Lake (+1.2 percent, +4,800). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+0.6 percent or +22,700). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including Carbondale-Marion (-4.2 percent, -2,500), Peoria (-1.7 percent, -3,000), and Bloomington (-1.2 percent, -1,100). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metro areas were: Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (nine of 14), Education and Health Services (eight of 14), and Government (eight of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares December 2016 with December 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 5.6 percent in December 2016 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in December 2016 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.​


Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates​

Metropolitan Area

Dec.

2016

Dec.

2015

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

5.0%

5.6%

-0.6

Carbondale-Marion

5.8%

6.3%

-0.5

Champaign-Urbana

4.9%

5.7%

-0.8

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

5.4%

5.5%

-0.1

Danville

7.2%

7.7%

-0.5

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

5.5%

5.9%

-0.4

Decatur

6.4%

7.5%

-1.1

Elgin

5.7%

6.4%

-0.7

Kankakee

6.5%

7.3%

-0.8

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

5.3%

5.9%

-0.6

Peoria

6.6%

7.3%

-0.7

Rockford

6.5%

7.5%

-1.0

Springfield

4.9%

5.6%

-0.7

St. Louis (IL-Section)

5.3%

6.3%

-1.0

Illinois Statewide

5.6%

6.0%

-0.4

* Data subject to revision.

 

 

 



Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – December 2016

Metropolitan Area

Dec.​
2016*

Dec.
2015**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

94,000

95,100

-1,100

Carbondale-Marion MSA

56,600

59,100

-2,500

Champaign-Urbana MSA

111,500

110,500

1,000

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,722,200

3,699,500

22,700

Danville MSA

29,200

29,500

-300

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

179,200

181,100

-1,900

Decatur MSA

51,500

51,900

-400

Elgin Metro Division

258,600

255,900

2,700

Kankakee MSA

46,300

45,600

700

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

411,100

406,300

4,800

Peoria MSA

175,700

178,700

-3,000

Rockford MSA

155,900

153,200

2,700

Springfield MSA

115,800

114,500

1,300

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

238,700

236,600

2,100

Illinois Statewide

6,045,700

6,017,000

28,700

 

                *Preliminary    **Revised